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Man sentenced to almost 22 years in prison in shooting of Butler County deputy

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at 3:01 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.

A longtime criminal convicted of trying to kill a Butler County sheriff’s deputy last summer was sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison Thursday.

Jan Tracy Kilbourne, 41, was sentenced by Butler County District Chief Judge David Ricke to 263 months in prison for his convictions on attempted second-degree murder, criminal possession of a firearm and interfering with a law enforcement officer.

Kilbourne fired at Deputy Jacob Lawrence during an early-morning traffic stop along U.S. 54 near Santa Fe Lake Road on Sept. 2, then led authorities on a four-day manhunt after he fled the shooting scene.

Testimony in a three-day trial showed that Kilbourne apparently had pulled over in front of an asphalt plant to check dim headlights on the car he was driving the morning of the shootout.

Lawrence pulled up, discovered Kilbourne’s license was expired, and asked him to switch seats with one of his two passengers.

When the deputy left briefly to radio an emergency dispatcher, the car began to pull away. Lawrence shone his flashlight inside and asked its occupants to wait for him to verify a warrant out of Seward County.

When the deputy returned, Kilbourne drew the handgun and fired. The bullet lodged in Lawrence’s protective vest. The deputy returned fire, striking Kilbourne in the hip.

Kilbourne was eventually arrested in an alley adjacent to the 700 block of South Terrace in east Wichita.

Records show that Kilbourne has multiple misdemeanor and felony convictions, including drug and traffic offenses, stretching back for more than a decade. He also served time in prison on a 2002 drug possession case, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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